I was a lurker…I HAVE changed…I am a creator…
I have been reflecting on my journey through COETAIL. What have I achieved? What am I doing differently to what I used to in the classroom? What have I learnt that I have as yet have not had a chance to apply? Thinking about these questions I stumbled across this great article from Edutopia. It summed up my thinking about where a 21st Century teacher should be. But where am I now? Have I truly changed throughout Course 1 of COETAIL?
The most powerful way of doing this is to go back to the beginning of my journey. In my first COETAIL post I spoke about what I was doing privately and at school and classified myself as a “lurker”.
How have I de-lurked myself? How am I doing now? What changes have I made?
I have tried to become a creator of content rather than a constant consumer. I am trying to give my thoughts, my ideas, things that interest me to my PLN community.
- Using Twitter in a way that directly affect teaching and learning in my classroom, sharing content, creating content, giving to the community
- Through twitter, COETAIL, Google + my PLN has grown – almost doubling in size!
- Through weekly blog posts I am reflecting my current thinking, ideas and an insight in to what’s happening in my classroom
- Via reading and learning new things every day and sharing this information with colleagues, friends, family – anyone who will listen really!
I am becoming a creator
However it is not without it’s difficulties. It is challenging to believe that people are listening to my voice and my opinions. I find it hard to think I am doing anything different or exceptional that needs to be shared with the world. But the great thing is that I am hitting that publish button every week. Even more of struggle for me is when writing comments on other people blogs. I think it is inbuilt in me to simply hit the retweet button (Twitter) or like button (Facebook). But comment I am nevertheless.
I am, now, modelling the characteristics that I expect from the children. Well how about the students? Has their learning changed because of the course?
How have I de-lurked my class? How are the students doing now?
In the classroom
The children are creating product (showme’s, popplets, puppetpals2, bookcreators, touchcasts) the question is how am I making the learning authentic by making the connections that they deserve. I am modelling what I am doing during the course. I am sharing with the children the journey that I am going on. I am blogging with them, sharing their content to an audience ( parents and grandparents at present.) So I suppose that is the focus of the Course 1 Final project. How am I going to to connect my students globally?
Returning to the article from Edutopia – Let’s concentrate on connections, blogs and learn with new technologies. That will do…for now…thats the project.
The class is de-lurking but it’s going to take time.
Course 1 Final Project
Grade 1 students are joining Paul Salopek on his amazing Out of Eden Learn. The skills gained will allow the students to join the Out of Eden Learn walk in January. The 6 week project prior to that will enable the students to connect with other people around the world in a meaningful, thoughtful and inquisitive way. The brilliant author Haruki Murakami says in his book Nowergian Wood, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking” The main aim of the project will give the students an eye to what’s happening around the world (therefore not reading the same books!), and will give them a platform to share their story.
This project will give students the skills that will allow them to make meaningful connections with the wider world, and give them the skills to relate it to what is happening on their doorstep. It will also allow the students to see things through other peoples eyes, and give them an audience for their stories. Students will gain skills that will last their lifetime and allow them to use social media in a responsive and thoughtful way. This video summarises it really well:
Ways to be part of the walk are : –
- Website –https://learn.outofedenwalk.com/
- Project Zero Website – https://www.pz.harvard.edu/projects/out-of-eden-learn
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OutofEdenLearn
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/outofedenlearn
- Instagram – https://instagram.com/outofedenlearn/
- National Geographic-https://education.nationalgeographic.com/out-eden-education/
Course 1 Final Project
This is a collaborative project designed with my Grade 1 colleague and fellow COETAIL’er Suzy Ramsden for our Grade 1 students.